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time earl was so strong. still with winds over 111. you can see the eye forming and not as visible. it will reform again as it passed to the east, to the east of cape hat ears. let's talk about the wind. it does appear the tropical storm force winds will hammer the delmarva. we talked about this since monday. by that we mean 30-50 mile-per- hour winds. the time frame is about 6:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. on friday. now hurricane warning covers most of north carolina. we're under a tropical storm warning as is really the entire eastern seaboard but we're were a hurricane watch from rehoboth southward. and thursday night we're looking at small craft advisory. waves 1-3 feet. and from solomon's island and south that is the only place with trouble. we'll come back and detail that and the holiday weekend
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forecast. as topper said, earl is losing some strength but that doesn't mean folks aren't taking precautions. watches and warnings from north carolina southern border up to nova scoscia. but we're hearing about impacts from florida and massachusetts. we have reports stated in jacksonville, nags head, ocean city tonight and we begin with scott broom. >> reporter: the hurricane watch is up and officials here are preparing for tropical storm conditions. crews in ocean city put up fencing to prevent the sand burying parking lots and the boardwalk. signs and sandbags are out at spots likely to flood. some boat owners are playing it better safe than sorry. >> i think you'll see flooding downtown in the low-lying areas. we'll seitems blowing around, things that don't get secured, things as a result of the 40-50 mile-per-hour winds but we don't think we'll see anything
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dramatic. the time of the storm hitting ocean city is good. it's coming in in the early morning hours and in the afternoon it will give us a time to clean up and get ready for the rest of the weekend. >> reporter: now down to my colleague bruce leshan in virginia beach. >> the storm chasers may be disappointing that the storm is tracking farther out to sea and weakening, but there are people here at virginia beach who are happy. see back there the scaffolding, the port-o-potties, for the american music festival. and take a look. gloria gainer. reo speedwagen, pat bena tar, slated to take the stage this weekend, starting on friday, hours after earl is expected to blast through. the old saying you'll be lucky if you get married in a rain storm.
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this couple figures marrying with a hurricane coming is like hitting the lottery. >> i got married in sunlight. well i got married in a rain storm. yeah, well i got married in a hurricane. >> reporter: a cacophony of hurricane preps in the beach and dead quiet in the emergency center. managers are hoping that the track holds and earl slips by in the dark without waking the neighbors. but people here are haunted by the specter of hurricane bonnie in 1998. forecasts had predicted she would spare virginia beach too. >> we went home and declared victory too early in bonnie and this time some storm comes close to us, we'll watch that storm very quickly and as soon as it gets past virginia beach we'll have our sigh of relief. >> reporter: thousands of tourists are packing up the kids and the boogie boards and leaving the ocean front early, unwilling to risk a glancing
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blow from hurricane earl. >> we're heading back to indiana. >> leaving early? >> one day early. >> reporter: at the marina, the u.s. geological survey is placing data to help predict the next storm. >> if water comes in and flood this is area, you'll know exactly when that occurred and exactly how high that got within 100th or 200ths of a foot. >> reporter: speaking of data. we have a wind gage and we are getting about 11 mile-per-hour just off the beach here. it's a little bit faster in between some of the high-rises out here. but my colleague grant gilmore is down in kill devil hills, north carolina, and they are expecting even higher winds down there. >> reporter: as we approach midday along the outer banks of north carolina. conditions continue to gradually deteriorate. the winds have picked up to a solid 20 miles per hour and the seas have become much more choppy than just a couple of hours ago. locals are preparing.
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they are sandbagging, boarding up windows and taking the precautioned intoed -- precautioned needed. still some blue skies as we approach midday. along the outer banks of north carolina. here in nags head, i'm meteorologist grant gilmore. they say one man's hurricane warning is another man's real good surfing day and that is the situation here in jacksonville, florida. now that the storm is 400 miles north, northwest it stopped being a treacherous churning surf to very big waves. and i think people here realize that these nice waves do come at the expense of others. but by the look of how crowded the beach is, any guilt that is associated with that is not enough to keep people from enjoying it. shannon ogden in jacksonville beach. and the search and rescue team from montgomery county will leave for massachusetts tonight. the hurricane warnings are up for cape cod and the islands this evening and a watch is up for the rest of the massachusetts coast.
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these folks started evacuated this morning just as a precaution. and we'll be bringing you live reports in all of our shores -- all of our shows along the eastern seaboard. and you can down load our free hurricane tracker at just click on weather. just a bit more than 24 hours ago, downtown silver spring was totally locked down as police confronted and eventually killed an environmental radical who took three hostages inside the discovery building. well today that neighborhood was slowly, slowly getting back to normal and we were learning more about this man, james j lee. >> reporter: long after the police shot and killed james lee and freed his hostages in silver spring discovery building, investigators remained on the scene. in the words of montgomery county chief tom manger, tieing up the loose ends. >> we reported that he had a handgun. in fact we found a second
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weapon later after the incident was over. both weapons have turned out to be starter pistols. >> reporter: overnight police found the four bombs lee had smuggled into discovery yesterday afternoon. it turns out though, it did not end there. >> residents here in the county were located and -- a resident here in the county were located and four other devices of which we can tie the individual to were obtained from the residence and subsequently successfully detonated. >> reporter: they are still looking for a car lee may have used. and while there are questions remaining about how he came up with the explosives, as of now they do believe lee acted alone. as for lee's mental state, john mccarthy said he was evaluated back when he was arrested for the protest outside of discovery two years ago. >> he was evaluated by a doctor that found him competent and did not find a mental health
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issue that would have prevented him from going to trial or being responsible for his criminal activity. >> reporter: and police say they had to rely on their training to bring this incident to a resolution. in fact the chief said they had trained for this exact scenario within the last 60 days. the almost 1900 discovery cham employees -- channel employees came in to gather personal belongings, all of the stuff left behind during yesterday's evacuation. they participated in a town hall meeting and there were grief counselors to help anybody that needed to deal with the trauma. >> it was a scary situation. and i don't think anyone walked into the building today with the same bounce in their step that they had in days previous. but we came together. >> now while the building is still technically a crime scene. workers were given the option to go back to duties today or
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take liberal leave and stay home until tuesday. most opted for the latter. all of the streets closed during the standoff back open tonight. patranya is in the traffic center. if there are difficulties, they are in other places tonight. >> that's for sure. inching closer to the long holiday weekend we are getting signs of what is to come on 66. it's been heavy all noon from 495 to 7100. right now still tracking a 30 minute commute on the stretch right now. moving on to 490 -- 495, still a crawl from the american legion bridge to the silver spur. just a lot of volume now. back to you. a risk after a fire at a local museum. but first a solution for virginians who just couldn't get their driver's license over the last week because of the dang computer problem. more on that up next.
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there's something you never hear vince gray talk about:
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his record running dc's department of human services. why? under gray, dhs lost out on millions of federal dollars for missing paperwork; lost money for the homeless; even lost track of foster children. a court ordered gray's department to improve child services. gray's not a bad guy but he was a bad manager. do we want to go back to that? virginia's governor really wanted to get to the bottom of that computer glitch that hit the department of motor vehicles for more than a week. commuter services for the 89 state agencies failed last wednesday. everything is back up and running today but that problem prevented a lot of people from getting driver's licenses and even paying their taxes. governor bob mcdonnell said the
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company contracted to manage the state computer system northrup grumman will pay for a review. offices are expending their hours for the next couple of days to make up for the outages. we have more information at web welcome back. just click on extras. time now for a quick look at some of the stories making headlines where you live. this is a new section of on our arlington page. we have details of this weekend's give blood, may hockey fundraiser for inova blood donor services. just click on this blue box near the top of the home page and log on and find your neighborhood news at the eye of the storm. coming up topper is back with latest on hurricane earl as it moves closer to our neck of the woods. but first get ready for delays if metro is in your travel plans. a computer alert you -- a
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commuter alert you do not want to miss.
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back now with a quick
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reminder about the weekend commuter alert. five redline metro stations will be closed this weekend for some track and switch maintenance. that includes takoma park, silver spring, forest glenn, wheaton and glenmont stations. that work is slated to begin tomorrow night at 10:00. the station should be back open by 5:00 a.m. tuesday. investigators say this morning's fire at the phillips collection was an accident. they believe welders working on the roof of the museum sparked the flames. those flames caused about $250,000 worth of damage in the building which is right off of dupont circle. fortunately nobody was hurt and none of the art was damaged. >> should thank the gods. you can burn up our offices but leave the paintings alone.
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>> the paintings and permanent collection has nearly 3,000 paintings. the coast guard said tonight it see those signs of oil leaks after another explosion in the gulf of mexico today. a platform blew up about 100 miles off the louisiana coast, that's about 200 miles west of the bp platform that exploded back in april. all 13 crew members were rescued. one person was hurt. the rig's owner, mariner energy of houston, said so far it does not know what caused the explosion. middle east peace talks appear to be off to a decent start. at the state department secretary of state hillary clinton moderated a fresh round of face to face discussions today between the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and plastin president mahmoud abbas. both are hoping to strike a deal within a year to create two separate states. >> achieving security is a must. security is the foundation of
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peace. >> we call on the israeli government to move forward with its commitment to end all settlement activities and completely lift the embargo over the gaza strip. >> both sides in the peace talks have agreed to meet again in two weeks in the middle east. an update on a story we brought you earlier this week. you may remember the juror in detroit facing contempt of court charges for a facebook status update posted in the middle of a trial. hadley johns wrote it would be, quote, fun to tell the defendant they are guilty. well now she has a longer writing assignment. the judge wants her to write a five page essay about the on the fusional right -- constitutional right to a fair trial and fork over a $250 fine. is that fair? too much or too little? share your thoughts with mcginty's mail bag at i think we've been talking so much about the hurricane earl, people may have forgotten how nice this weekend will be here. >> we've tried to mention that,
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no matter what earl does, it will be fantastic here. we are going to talk again about earl. we haven't talked about him for a while. let's start with the wind fields and we have zoomed in. and this is right now. so just right now, cape hatteras getting winds 30-35, almost 40 miles per hour. we'll move forward until midnight. and now we see the hurricane- force winds, not quite to hatteras. 60 mile-per-hour winds will be buffeting hatteras. more importantly though, the tropical storm force winds will work northward up into virginia beach and also into norfolk. now let's stop it again. 6:00 a.m. tomorrow, now we have tropical storm winds from the bay, southern bay, south of st. mary's city and deal island and bethany southward. so we talked about this monday and tuesday. the tropical storm force winds were a lock on the delmarva and that hasn't changed. we're looking at more tropical storm force winds including rehoboth, delaware bay at noon and then the storm will pull
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away quickly. in fact we'll finish friday pretty strong in the beach with a nice sunset. but in the wake of the winds we'll have good rip currents through friday afternoon and into saturday. the only caveat is that and weather wise it will be a good weekend. critical time is 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. winds 40 miles per hour. a advisal for the tidal potomac but this is not like isabel, i don't see any problems in the tidal pact. so i wouldn't sandbag. deal island south could see waves tomorrow. temperatures down to 89. high was 95. 84 in gaithersburg. 84 in manassas. pretty please apt -- pleasant to go out and walk the dog. tonight, 66 to 74 downtown. and winds southeasterly downtown. tomorrow increasing clouds but still pleasant. temperatures in the 70s and 80s. and by the afternoon, not bad.
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partly sunny and not quite as hot. earl departs the beaches high temperatures near 90. speaking of the beaches, if you're going down to north carolina beaches, showers and storms early friday, 85 but they too will finish strong. mid-80s saturday, sunday and labor day with sunshine. a little further north, virginia beach, showers and storms in the morning and tropical storm force winds. maybe up to 50-55 miles per hour virginia beach. early tomorrow morning. and then saturday, sunday and labor day great and sunshine and low 80s. for our beaches, probably only 79 on sunday and monday with tropical storm force winds early on friday morning. you're going out in the mountains. if you're west of the divide, only 79 tomorrow and only 63 on saturday with showers and then upper 60s and sunshine on monday and finally 74 on labor day. the next 7 days. 89 tomorrow and 80 on saturday. cooler and just fantastic on sunday, 79. labor day sunshine back in the upper 80s. and then we're hot just briefly derek. low to mid-90s and then back in
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the 80s next thursday. and you know it's september and you know just like in march it can't stay cold for very long in september, for very long. >> fiona? >> fiona and gaston and then there is one behind that. it's all on the website if you want to track them. >> we'll be back.
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and tune in bright and early every morning. andrea, angie and howard have the news and weather and traffic you need before you head out the door. that starts week day mornings at 4:25. minute mail bag tonight, the discovery building siege. the man who did it, james j lee, obviously unbalanced. again, we see all of the signs
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that he was a nut came. columbine, fort hood, these things can be prevented. people need to be aware and watch and listen and then act. lives will be saved. they did do a stellar job yesterday. as did you. well thanks so much for the last. but did you hear that today we find that lee had been screened for mental illness after his arrest two years ago and was found competent to stand trial. so either he had gotten much worse or perhaps something missed something. and then this from robert in herndon who saw something unfair in our coverage. why is not one person in the national media yet refer to the hostage-taker as a left wing radical. you are aware whenever they manage to declare a crim to be right wing they refer to him as such as every mention. >> well i don't know anything about james j lee's politics expect he was an environmental radical, which is what we
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called him. secondly, i want a example of someone dubbed a right wing environmentalist. send that to i'll be back here tonight at 11:00. tonight we are tracking hurricane earl and you can log on any time to we'll see you a bit later. have a great evening. bye-bye. chevy chase bank is becoming capital one bank. with the most locations in the dc area, we figured they could use our help. ♪
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